Gluten Free Lemon Bars Recipe

Gluten Free Lemon Bars Recipe

These gluten free lemon bars will impress even the most skeptical folks in your crowd. Seriously delicious! And they’ll be seriously gone, so you’d better double the recipe!

I don’t know what it is about this easy little treat — maybe the mystery is in its simplicity — but they are universally loved and bring a smile to anyone’s face as they savor the subtle tart/sweetness that is so perfectly blended in a gluten free lemon bar. There’s just no reason not to be able to still enjoy that simple pleasure, gluten free.

reaching for gluten free lemon bars

Like anything else, the key is in the ingredients. If you use gritty rice flour or funky bean flours, for example, these creamy lemon bars will never bring the delight they ought to.

Use high quality, smooth and light gluten free flours, as in my gfJules™ flour blend. You’ll never look back once your recipes are this delicious!

gluten free lime bars with lime

Oh, and how pretty are these GREEN lime bars?? Think St. Patrick’s Day or Earth Day or any day you want to add a pop of yummy green to your menu. Equally delicious either way.

gluten free lime bars on green plate resized

These bars are gorgeous in green – with or without a touch of food coloring.

 

Use lemons or limes, and even add a drop of food coloring to make these the perfect treat for St. Patrick’s Day!

A couple tips on making these treats. They’re super easy, but the first time you make the crust, you may think you’ve done something wrong because it’s very crumby. Don’t worry! Once you press it into the bottom of the pan and then it bakes, you’ll be good to go! (line the pan with parchment paper for even easier removal and clean-up!)

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To recap:

This is how the crust should look when you’re done mixing it. Do not over-mix it!

gluten free lemon bars crust after mixing

Then press it into the bottom of an un-oiled or parchment-lined pan (photo below is of a doubled recipe):

pressing gluten free lemon bar crust

The crust is akin to a shortbread cookie, so it should be on the buttery-dry side before baking.

After it bakes, the top will be a golden brown. That’s the way it’s supposed to be! 

gluten free lemon bars after baking

Once you sprinkle powdered sugar on top, they’ll look and taste like the gluten free lemon bars you were looking for!

sugaring gluten free lemon bars

Enjoy these springy treats anytime you need a little sunshine in your life!

gluten free Lemon Bars

Gluten Free Lemon Bars Recipe

Yield: 20 bars
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

These gluten free lemon bars will impress even the most skeptical folks in your crowd. Seriously delicious! And they'll be seriously gone, so you'd better double the recipe!

Ingredients

crust ingredients:

filling ingredients

  • 2 eggs (or egg substitute of choice, such as 1/2 cup extra firm tofu blended with 1 tsp. baking powder)
  • 3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated cane sugar
  • 2 Tbs. (17 grams) gfJules™ All Purpose Gluten Free Flour
  • 2 tsp. finely shredded lemon zest (don't skip this ingredient!)
  • 3 Tbs. lemon juice or lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • food coloring, if desired (yellow or green)
  • Powdered sugar (optional)

Instructions

Crust Directions:

Preheat oven to 350º F.

In a medium bowl, beat butter with a mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add the 1/4 cup of sugar; beat until combined.

Beat in the 1 cup of gfJules™ flour until crumbly, being careful not to over-mix. Press mixture into the bottom of an un-oiled or parchment-lined 8x8x2 baking pan.

Bake for 15 minutes or until golden.

Filling Directions:

Combine eggs, sugar, flour, lemon zest, lemon juice, and baking powder; beat 2 minutes or until thoroughly combined.

Pour filling over baked crust. Bake 20 minutes more or until set and lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars only when completely cool. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired, before serving.

Notes

This recipe doubles nicely when baked in a 9×13 pan.

Nutrition Information
Yield 20 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 70Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 19mgSodium 14mgCarbohydrates 16gFiber 0gSugar 16gProtein 1g

Please keep in mind that nutrition information provided is per serving, which may vary. While we have taken care to provide you with the most accurate nutritional values possible, please note that this information may differ significantly depending on the exact ingredients and brands that you choose to use to make this recipe.

I hope you love this recipe as much as we do!

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361 thoughts on “Gluten Free Lemon Bars Recipe

  1. Prior to giving us the actual recipes, the author has a photo of sprinkng powdered sugar over the baked crust. However, this is not mentioned in the recipe. What to do? I prefer to use as little sugar as possible.

    • Hi Julie, the powdered sugar on top is totally optional, so if you’d rather use as little sugar as possible, just skip this optional dusting of powdered sugar after baking. Enjoy!
      ~jules

  2. This is one of my favorites! I have made them quite a few times. I put lemon zest in the crust also. I made them for a Halloween party last year and used food coloring in both the crust and filling to make them orange. They were a big hit!!
    I love all of your recipes I have tried and I only use your flour!

    • Oh Debbie, so glad to hear you’re loving my gfJules Flour and my recipes, of course! What a fabulous idea to use food coloring in these and make them orange! You could also make these into real orange bars instead of lemon, I suppose! No harm in trying (and eating all the experiments!!!). Happy baking!
      ~jules